A modest proposal

dc.contributorAalto-yliopistofi
dc.contributorAalto Universityen
dc.contributor.authorSheldon, Kennon M.
dc.contributor.authorMartela, Frank
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Missouri
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Industrial Engineering and Management
dc.date.accessioned2023-02-01T09:11:45Z
dc.date.available2023-02-01T09:11:45Z
dc.date.embargoinfo:eu-repo/date/embargoEnd/2022-12-19
dc.date.issued2022-03-04
dc.descriptionFunding Information: This research was supported within the framework of a subsidy by the Russian Academic Excellence Project ’5-100ʹ Publisher Copyright: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
dc.description.abstractWe present a hybrid philosophical/psychological argument in defense of ‘free will.’ The argument builds on the proposals in philosopher Christian List’sbook, Free will is real. We show that List’s psychological account of free will–that it requires the ability to consider alternatives, to make a choice, and to enact that choice–has already been proven, via research into goal functioning. Thus, the real question is: ‘can we use our free will wisely?’ Self-concordance research and implicit/explicit motive discrepancy research suggest that sometimes, we can’t. Ironically, the same fact that makes us free–that our choices are based on our imaginative capacities–also makes us free to be clueless, i.e., out of touch with ourselves or with reality. In building our argument we also discuss self-determination theory, the evolved symbolic self, system 1 versus system 2 functioning, and the hierarchical organization of human existence.en
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dc.format.extent10
dc.format.extent271-280
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dc.identifier.citationSheldon , K M & Martela , F 2022 , ' A modest proposal : Free will is real ' , JOURNAL OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY , vol. 17 , no. 2 , pp. 271-280 . https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2021.2016901en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/17439760.2021.2016901
dc.identifier.issn1743-9760
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dc.publisherTAYLOR & FRANCIS
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJOURNAL OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGYen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesVolume 17, issue 2en
dc.rightsopenAccessen
dc.subject.keywordHuman nature
dc.subject.keywordorganismic valuing
dc.subject.keywordself-determination
dc.titleA modest proposalen
dc.typeA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessäfi
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